Garden Weeds – Spiritual Truths
Spring is the best time to start our gardening project, right? We get absolutely excited about the new vegetable garden we’ve planned for the entire winter and we are so ready to begin. Oh wow.. the spring is here, and we can’t wait to look at our vegetable plot and lo and behold, we discover the vegetable plot is totally covered and taken over by the garden weeds. Have this happened to you before? Do you like garden weeds? Removing the weeds is a painful task for most gardeners. Is it fair for me to end that most gardeners do not like weeds? Please let me know if you strongly disagree. I would love to hear from you, just send me a comment.
While I’m here to write about some interesting facts about garden weeds, I would like to also bring your attention to some spiritual truths using garden weeds which I believe God had taught me through the years I’ve been interested in gardening. I hope you will gain some important truths after reading this article. Shall we begin?
Some Fun Facts About Garden Weeds
Before we go ahead to the spiritual truths on garden weeds, we would like you to attempt on answering all the questions below. Just some fun facts about garden weeds in trying to see how well you’ve actually known about garden weeds.
- There are only one type of weed, true or false?
- A garden weed is ugly, true or false?
- Weeds naturally die at the end of the season, true or false?
- Weeds are just a natural part of gardening, true or false?
- Pulling a weed is the most effective way of killing it, true or false?
- All weed control products are essentially the same, true or false?
Are you anxious to know how well you’ve scored on these questions above? Click on the answers here, and hopefully you’ve learned more about garden weeds from us today.
Object Lesson #2
Spiritual Truths On Garden weeds
You probably know by now some of the nature of garden weeds from the fun facts about garden weeds. Let me give you a break down of some facts you’ve learned about garden weeds.
- are not ugly nor unattractive. But they are not wanted or intentionally planted by the gardener either.
- spread like ‘wild fire’ if they are not under control.
- identified by types, species, flowers etc
- are not easily removed
- can choke your beloved plants or flowers if allowed without supervision
Over the years as I became interested in gardening, God revealed a spiritual truth about garden weeds. If you notice the similarity between the nature of garden weeds, to the nature of SIN, you will realize garden weeds do remind us of SIN. When we think about SIN, why do we often find ourselves reluctant to give up our SIN? Sins are not ugly as some would consider. Generally, sins are very attractive to us, if not, why would we hang on to them? We know they are not welcomed and yet we struggle with sins, shows an irony isn’t it? We know to sin is wrong in the eyes of God, yet, we often refuse to give it up for God. It leads me to the next question: “Which is more important to you, God or sin?” Now let us look at Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21, the Bible gives an account of the ten commandments which state clearly:
|Exodus 20:2–17||Deuteronomy 5:6–21|
|2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;||6 I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;|
|3 Do not have any other gods before me.||7 you shall have no other gods before me.|
|4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me,6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.||8 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 9 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me,10 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.|
|7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.||11 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.|
|8 Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. 9 For six days you shall labour and do all your work.10 But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it.
|12 Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. 13 For six days you shall labour and do all your work.14 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you.
15 Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.
|12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.||16 Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.|
|13 You shall not kill/murder.||17 You shall not kill/murder.|
|14 You shall not commit adultery.||18 Neither shall you commit adultery.|
|15 You shall not steal.||19 Neither shall you steal.|
|16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.||20 Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor.|
|17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.||21 Neither shall you covet your neighbor’s wife. Neither shall you desire your neighbor’s house, or field, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.|
Taken from Wikipedia: Ten Commandments
Examine the ten commandments, and then see which of these commandments have you violated. Have you been found guilty of violating any of these commandments? When we sin, we sin against God. Our sins are direct violation against God’s commandments. Yet there are times we do sin against one another and we seek forgiveness from each other, don’t we? Why is it that we seek forgiveness from one another and yet expect God to forgive us when we sin against Him without question?
Sin Destroys Our Lives
Just as garden weeds can choke our beloved plants and flowers, so can sins. Sins are able to destroy our lives. Look at the acts of murder, adultery, lying, stealing. Do they ultimately lead to destruction? Yes! Therefore, the next time you choose to commit any of these sins, think about what would happen. The saddest of all, just one sin we commit, will separate us completely from God’s presence. Why? Simply because God is Holy, and He cannot tolerate any SIN in His presence. SIN leads to death, not just physically, but spiritually as well. Romans 6:23 says:
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
How often do we continue in our sins even knowing that sins lead to death? Now, knowing SIN leads to separation from God’s presence, and spiritual death, is life over? No, by the grace of God. God worked a solution to this devastation. God Himself became in the form of a man named Jesus, born and to serve among men. At the age of 30, He started His ministry of healing, miracles, teachings, changing lives, including His closest His 12 disciples. At the age of 33, He gave His life on the Cross in exchange for our sins. That we may redeem from our sins. Only the blood of Jesus can satisfy and stop the wrath of God, make us righteous before God the Almighty. If interested to know in detail why Jesus’ death on the Cross is necessary, please read this article that I’ve written in response to this question. Hopefully, you will see a better picture of Jesus and His death and why it’s important to know.
It does not end at His death, thankfully. On the third day after Jesus’ burial, He rose from the dead and appeared to His disciples. Later He ascended into Heaven at the right hand of God. Jesus did not leave us. He gave us the Holy Spirit to lead and guide our lives until one day He will return again to earth and bring us home to Heaven with Him forever. If you wish to know more, read the Book of John in the Bible. Attend a Bible believing church this coming Sunday and ask questions about Jesus with your christian friends. Just be sure they know who Jesus is, and they know the Bible well. There are people who profess themselves as Christians and yet they do not know the Bible well and they do not believe in Jesus. May this Easter Sunday be a life-changing day for you and may you be truly blessed this day.